“Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.”
~Leonardo da Vinci
German beer √
German music √
German cuisine √
Bratwurst & chicken dance √
A superb chance to peek into the German heritage, that’s what ‘Oktoberfest’ is all about. In Ohio, ‘Oktoberfest’ starts at the end of August and festive spirits concludes in the October month, enthralling residents of Buckeye State. The major celebrations pep up the spirits for about 6 weeks or so in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.
It’s a tradition to kick-start this world-famous festival with the traditional tapping/celebrity keg tapping of the first barrel of beer.
Traditionally, ‘Oktoberfest’ customs seem more lively and enjoyable with the costumes classic southern Bavarian dress, a dirndl, or low-cut blouse with a laced-up bodice and aproned full skirt for women, and the lederhosen leather shorts with embroidered braces for men. I was left mesmerized with the music, drum beats and bright attire.
‘Not German but Bavarian’ as many would eulogized it, the festival is not quintessentially German, it’s seem to embrace history of all major cities. King Ludwig of Bavaria in 1810 started the Oktoberfest celebration and a horse race to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.
Why Chicken Dance?
Composed by accordion player Werner Thomas in Switzerland in 1950s. and became popular when Dutch band De Electronica’s recorded it in 1980. Properly translated as The Duck Dance, there were no duck costumes at the Tulsa Oklahoma ‘Oktoberfest’ when it was introduced to the United States by the Heilbronn Band, so they used chicken costumes instead. Since then its been called as Chicken Dance. Cincinnati Oktoberfest, 2004 holds the record for the World’s Largest Chicken Dance.
Bavarian Shopping Village with exciting items for sale like earthenware beer steins, German merchandise, paintings and jewelry gives us a sneak peek about German culture. There was this witty and awesome guy who was keeping kids of all ages amused with his balloon art. Our younger one specifically told him, “I wanna have one Pink Octopus” 😀 & elder one went with a Teddy Bear. We tried beer, funnel cakes, native ice-creams flavors & bought home-made cakes, chocolates, gifts, jewelries. Lots of fun, live music, German food, microbrew competition, wiener dog races and Paulaner beer. It’s not-to-be-missed thing when you are around Cleveland. We had a great time. You’ll enjoy these heart-warming sneak peek ❤ ❤
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